Agriculture

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103
June 17 – 19
Pesticide Hazards — Iowa’s wide expanses of row-cropped fields produced roughly 2.5 billion bushels of corn and 554 million bushels of soybeans in 2015. And for many, those high yields are thanks in part to pesticides. But what impact, if any, do those chemicals have on our health? It’s a controversial topic and the answer is hard to pin down. In many cases, those we spoke with said the jury is still out.
Categories: Agriculture, Health and Environment
Guests:

  • Chad Ingels, Farmer, Iowa Environmental Protection Commissioner/Randalia
  • Charles Lynch, Professor, University of Iowa College of Public Health Department of Epidemiology & Principal Investigator of the State Health Registry of Iowa/Iowa Cancer Registry/Iowa City
  • Kamyar Enshayan, Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education, University of Northern Iowa/Cedar Falls
  • Gretchen Paluch, Pesticide Bureau Chief, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship/Des Moines
  • Mark Quee, farm manager, Scattergood Friends School/West Branch
  • Kent Boyum, member of the Iowa Organics Association Board of Directors, Director of Economic Development and government Relations for Maharishi Vedic City/Maharishi Vedic City
  • Lauren Mills, IowaWatch
53
July 3-5
Farm Safety Revisited — Another record harvest is almost complete. Agriculture is Iowa’s top business…but it’s also the state’s most deadly. We’ll revisit the topic of farm safety, including what government can, and cannot, do to help the situation.
Categories: Agriculture, Health
Guests:

  • Charles Schwab, professor, extension safety specialist, ISU/Ames
  • Kelley Donham, former director, Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, UI/Iowa City
  • Roger Stutsman, farmer/Riverside
  • David Ringholz, professor, chair of industrial design, ISU/Ames
  • Sarah Hadley, IowaWatch/UI
27
January 2-4
The Year In Review: 2014 — IowaWatch has covered a variety of stories in 2014, about the key issues facing Iowans. This program includes a discussion of those topics, including traffic cameras, meth addiction, the treatment of college students who are here from other countries, payday loans, and more
Categories: Government, Health, Education, Economy, Agriculture
Guests:

  • Stephen Berry, IowaWatch/UI Journalism Professor
  • Kelsey Block, IowaWatch/UI
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch

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